Spiritual Exercises – Shaped by the Spirit in Daily Life
Shaped by the Spirit in Daily Life is a prayerful, experiential and directed means of spiritual transformation. It is for people who would like to integrate their spiritual life with their daily life; for those who recognize their need for more spiritual nourishment if they are to live a life of discipleship.
There is a prescribed curriculum covered in Shaped by the Spirit in Daily Life. But the material will be customized to meet the particular needs of each participant. It is the Spirit that sets the pace of the journey. Some people may need to spend extended amounts of time prayerfully pondering God’s love. The Spirit may cause others to stay with the works of love expressed in the gospel accounts of Jesus’ life.
The content of the curriculum is presented to an individual during a regular meeting with a spiritual director, who prayerfully listens and suggests material and methods for prayer. Participants then use this feedback as a guide for their continued prayer.
The transformative power of Shaped by the Spirit in Daily Life comes not through the presented curriculum or the meetings with the spiritual director, but through regular prayer and engagement with God. It is in allowing the Holy Spirit access to the whole person and faithfully responding to the activity of God that one becomes able, as Ignatius said, to “See Jesus more clearly, love him more dearly, follow him more nearly.”
The process is not a short term commitment. Depending on the leading of the Spirit it will require at least nine months to complete. There is a one time fee of $25 to cover the costs of the materials and then a suggested fee of $175/month for the meetings with the spiritual director (it is the same amount monthly, whether you meet once a week or once a month.) For those outside of the bay area, sessions can be conducted via skype.
For more information, contact Debby.